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Employer spotlight: Keebler Co.'s Murray bakery

Business calendar
Tuesday and Thursday: How can you Avoid Pitfalls to Your Financial Future?; free estate and financial planning seminar; by attorney Aubrey C. Rhodes, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call (706) 724-0405 or (803) 279-6303 for information and reservations.

Stocks fall in light session; Dow posts eighth weekly gain
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials posted their eighth straight week of gains - and the biggest two-month advance in more than 15 years - despite a day of modest declines Friday, as investors opted to cash in some quick profits.

Relax and open wide
ATHENS, Ga. - What do you call a dentist's office that offers all the amenities of a spa? Give up? Appreciated - at least by customers.

Federal agencies try to lure grads
ATHENS, Ga. - Finding employment feels like winning the lottery these days, so a boom in federal government jobs may attract college graduates who would have looked toward the private sector in more prosperous times.

United's stock dives on fears of imminent bankruptcy filing

United's stock dives on fears of imminent bankruptcy filing
CHICAGO -- The increased likelihood of a bankruptcy filing by United Airlines prompted a heavy sell-off of its stock Friday, even as management made a last-ditch effort to rescue an urgent cost-cutting plan.

On the move
David Moore and Ken Talbert of The Talbert & Moore Financial Group have joined The MONY Group as representatives for the MONY Life Insurance Company and MONY Securities Corporation.

Business briefs
ORLANDO, Fla. - The health of Florida's $50 billion tourism industry is going to be determined as much by Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida as by Mickey Mouse or Shamu in the coming months.

Minority consumers prove to be viable targets
Hispanic, black and Asian-American populations are growing at seven times the rate of the general market.

Stocks fall in light session; Dow posts eighth weekly gain

Federal agencies try to lure grads

Selling Christmas trees can be tough seasonal work
Toby Brown was at the back of his father's Christmas-tree lot when he saw a truck speed off with one of their trees.

Arkansas stuns LSU

Gators, Seminoles ready for Turmoil Bowl
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- They used to play each year with a chance for a national championship at stake. This time, they play simply to earn a month of peace and quiet.

Arizona State tops Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. -- One of the top passing teams in college football beat its archrival the old-fashioned way - by running the ball.

Arizona State tops Arizona

Gators, Seminoles ready for Turmoil Bowl

Arkansas stuns LSU
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas players looked to each other for support, holding hands on the sidelines as No. 18 LSU seemed poised to capture the Southeastern Conference West Division title on Friday.

Anti-Semitism taught

William Who?

Prove them wrong

Home front
The last thing you want to think about with the holidays and company coming is clogged drains, but give it some thought.

Party pics
Andrea Kho (left), Larry Millen and Christine Crookall of the Augusta Symphony provided the amb

North Augusta tour stop shows holiday charm
When Cal Berry bought his house 11 years ago, it was the location and 5 acres of land that interested him. As one of eight stops on the North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes, the house is the main attraction.

West Lake house embraces spirit of the season
Al and Carla Ramsey have their West Lake home all decked in classic holiday decor, inside and out.

Arts calendar
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In the know
Hide the lasagna: Garfield is returning to the daily comics page, beginning Monday. The footloose feline received strong support from readers of all ages after Garfield was dropped in our test strip tryout for November.

Ex-boyfriend's hostility is uncalled for
Dear Carson: My ex-boyfriend and I were at a dinner party where everyone was seated at one table. I had an out-of-town guest with me and not only was my ex hostile to me, but surly and rude to my guest. He obviously made a very poor impression on her and now that my ex and I have gotten back together, she continues to disapprove of him. Is there anything I can do or say to rectify this situation? - Vex at Ex

There are crafty ways to use your leftovers
The benefit of hosting the annual Thanksgiving feast definitely is the leftovers. But after your 10th turkey sandwich, what seemed a blessing begins to look like a bane.

Southern wins via shutout
STATESBORO, Ga. - They're supposed to be too young to know about business as usual.

Yellow Jackets stumble badly in lopsided defeat
ATHENS, Ga. -- The struggles of P.J. Daniels epitomized a forgetful day for Georgia Tech.

Jackets out to prevent a repeat
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech linebacker Recardo Wimbush has not-so-fond memories of last year's Georgia game, and is determined this year will be different.

Jackets out to prevent a repeat

Member dispute divides public
Americans are evenly divided over whether Augusta National Golf Club should have female members, and three-fourths say Tiger Woods should play in the Masters despite the dispute, an Associated Press poll found.

Woods, Mickelson together again in Skins Game

Daly won't be fined over Australian PGA outburst
COOLUM, Australia -- John Daly will not be fined for his outburst during the second round of the Australian PGA, where he refused to sign his scorecard and was disqualified from the tournament.

Golf roundup
INDIO, Calif. - Phil Mickelson was in the bushes three times, took himself out of the hole twice and even hit one shot right-handed. Thanks to one good swing, he was the biggest winner on the first day of the Skins Game.

Daly won't be fined over Australian PGA outburst

Woods, Mickelson together again in Skins Game
INDIO, Calif. -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don't play practice rounds together. They never have played with or against each other in exhibitions like the World Cup or the Battle at Bighorn. If they have lunch together, it's usually by accident.

Patriots take risk, lose big

Lincoln County blanks Landmark Christian

Screven County stays alive

Defense assures victory

Gators run wild into final

Wildcats dominate the Raiders

Thanksgiving Classic results

North Augusta lives up to billing

Prep football scores
Scores from Firday's prep football playoff games.

Westside dreams go south
Westside's seniors walked around the Shamrock Bowl in a daze Friday. The Patriots lost 41-16 to Dublin, their season finished in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Bulldogs escape into round three
THOMSON, Ga. - The Bulldogs slowed down Ware County's passing attack long enough to advance to the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Patriots take risk, lose big
DUBLIN, Ga. - Tony LeZotte had to make the gamble, even though his team was losing by just four points.

Defense assures victory
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Any hint of doubt that crept into the minds of the Washington County players and coaches was erased in one crucial defensive play.

Lincoln County blanks Landmark Christian
FAIRBURN, Ga. - Gavin Williams rushed 17 times for 156 yards and the Red Devils shut out the high-scoring War Eagles for a spot in the Class A quarterfinals next week.

Gators run wild into final
LAKE VIEW, S.C. - Lake View used a powerful rushing attack and a dominating defense to beat Blackville-Hilda 21-6 and capture the Class A Lower State championship Friday night.

Brentwood wins title
CHULA, Ga. - The Tiftarea Academy Panthers dominated most of the second half Friday night against the Brentwood War Eagles. However, Brentwood put together one late scoring drive and it was enough as the War Eagles took the GISA Class AA state title with a 14-9 win over the Panthers.

Screven County stays alive
SYLVANIA, Ga. - All week long, Screven County coach Mark Daniel warned his team against looking past Peach County in the Class AAA playoffs.

Wildcats dominate the Raiders
All week, Laney coach Eric Parker told his team - and anyone else else who would listen - that Northeast-Macon was a big-time team with big-time players.

The really important news comes across the family table
I like the Thanksgiving holiday because it brings families together. When families get together, you learn things.

Agrees with writers about Corps

Augustans missed good opportunity

President is no conservative

Affluent Americans can save jobs

Lynx lose shootout on road
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Andrew Long's goal gave the Columbus Cottonmouths a 2-1 shootout victory over the Augusta Lynx in an East Coast Hockey League game Friday night.

ECHL notebook
One of the allures of the East Coast Hockey League is the chance to watch raw young talent chasing a dream one day, then see it fulfilled on ESPN a few years later.

Lynx continue to make changes
Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie called the team he inherited three weeks ago "a mess," and he hasn't been afraid to do a little housecleaning.

Slapshots
Roanoke Express forward Jason Jaffray has scored at least one point in eight straight games and leads all ECHL rookies in scoring with 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists.

Lynx GameNight
Pensacola Ice Pilots at Augusta Lynx When: 7:35 tonight

Loss closes book on tough month for Lynx
Goodbye, November. And good riddance.

Father is arrested in teen's beating

What shoppers say

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ralph Gunter Sr.

Fans pay tribute to star from Waycross

Erosion tears at beach despite lack of storms
BEAUFORT, S.C. - It doesn't take a hurricane to hurt Hunting Island.

Critics question block scheduling

Across the southeast
ELKTON, Ky. -Four more Amish and Mennonite schools have failed to comply with health codes for refusing to install running water and a septic system for outhouse toilets, a county health official said.

Across Georgia
DECATUR -DeKalb County police shot and killed a man early Saturday who had abducted his ex-girlfriend and led police on a chase around Atlanta.

Event will honor AIDS victims
In observance of World AIDS Day, a special presentation is planned for Sunday in downtown Augusta.

Across the area
A suspect in the shooting of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator remained in critical condition Saturday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

What shoppers say
What people were saying about area shopping on Friday:

Troops endure 5-day journey to Kuwait camp
SHANNON, Ireland - The deployment for Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait almost became Operation Irish Spring for 291 Georgia soldiers from Fort Stewart.

Across the Southeast

Holly Days opening weekend brings heavy traffic to retailers
The first installment of Aiken's seventh annual Holly Days was a big success in downtown Aiken, according to some business owners who said they were glad for the extra boost in sales.

To retailers, it's like Christmas morning

Salley may have enjoyed its final Strut
SALLEY - America can have her apple pie. The folks of Salley would rather have chitlins.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the inventor of the leaf blower. Groundskeepers everywhere are busy covering our shiny cars and trucks with a protective layer of dust and leaves. Couldn't it suck, or does it have to blow?

Sanford proposes overhaul
South Carolina Gov.-elect Mark Sanford says part of his plan to restructure government includes ending the state Legislature's role as Big Brother and empowering local governments.

Pupils' harvest will help Corps land
It takes a trained eye to find bushy beard blue stem. Just ask Megan Roach.

Alleged gunman remains critical
A suspect in the shootings of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator and another man remained in critical condition Saturday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Across South Carolina
CHESTER -A 13-year-old boy accused of shooting his grandparents to death and burning their house down a year ago remains in a juvenile detention center with no trial date set.

Event will honor AIDS victims

Father wants children to get visit from Santa
A Martinez father is struggling to make Christmas memorable for his wife and children.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Donald McGahee.

To retailers, it's like Christmas morning
Rosalba Edwards did what all Christmas shoppers dream of - doing all her shopping, start to finish, in one day.

Salley Chitlin' Strut's future is in question
This may be the last year chitlin' lovers will be able to strut their stuff, and about the only ones happy about the prospect are the swine.

Taking one for the team
Delmonica Gardenhire takes blood from Wes Ford during the Georgia vs. Georgia Tech football blood drive at Shepeard Community Blood Center.

Spirit of Christmas shines in Aiken

Father wants children to get visit from Santa

Senate offices in Aiken to close

Advice for seniors

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

Taking one for the team

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Kingstree man who lost control of his sport utility vehicle was one of at least three people killed on South Carolina roads during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, state Highway Patrol says.

Shooting injures officer, suspect

News you can use
DEC. 1, 1902 The regular monthly meeting of tonight's Augusta City Council will apparently avoid a planned protest.

Looking at Thurmond's lifetime of service
AIKEN - Jimmy Stewart's character, a man who does what he thinks is right and sticks to his word, got to see in his own lifetime the fruits of his sacrifices in the movie It's a Wonderful Life.

Police arrest man in slaying
An Augusta man was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with the Friday night shooting death of a man who lived in his apartment complex.

Across the Southeast
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -New federal legislation on public school reform is high on the agenda for a meeting in Chapel Hill next week with Education Secretary Rod Paige and governors from at least seven states.

Zoning ordinance is unfair, brothers say
As children, Roger Kight remembers his older brother Jimmy Kight looking out for him.

Police get little help in search for shooter
Three men were shot outside a packed Waffle House on Friday morning, but police were having trouble finding the shooter because of uncooperative witnesses, authorities said.

Across Georgia
THOMASVILLE - Four people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday after a car crossed the center line and struck a sport utility vehicle, witnesses said.

Collectors crave Thurmond items
COLUMBIA - Collectors are going crazy for Strom Thurmond memorabilia as the oldest and longest-serving U.S. senator prepares to retire in January.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with knocking out his roommate's right front tooth Thursday after an argument at their Richmond Summit apartment, a sheriff's report states.

Father is arrested in teen's beating
An Augusta father was arrested Friday after being accused of beating his 13-year-old daughter and making her hold a heavy phone book at arm's length for long periods of time.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the inventor of the leaf blower. Groundskeepers everywhere are busy covering our shiny cars and trucks with a protective layer of dust and leaves. Couldn't it suck, or does it have to blow?

Deployed soldiers miss taste of home
KUWAITI DESERT - Try as they might, the Army's Thanksgiving Day in the desert just wasn't home.

Spirit of Christmas shines in Aiken
AIKEN - A short ceremony was held in downtown Aiken on Friday night for the holiday season's tree-lighting.

Coroner confirms homicide
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Tybee Island resident Joni O'Shaughnessy died within minutes of circulatory collapse after being suffocated, the Chatham County coroner ruled this week.

Senate offices in Aiken to close
AIKEN - As office manager Elizabeth McFarland begins packing up Sen. Strom Thurmond's things next week, she'll do so knowing that constituent service might never be quite the same in the Aiken area.

St. Nick will pay visit to patients
SAVANNAH, GA. - A century ago, one man's sadness on Christmas gave birth to a Savannah tradition.

Shooting injures officer, suspect
A suspect in the Friday night shooting of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator was clinging to life after the officer he shot returned fire.

Fans pay tribute to star from Waycross
WAYCROSS, Ga. - A lot of people from Waycross, the late Gram Parsons' hometown, probably never heard of the influential musician.

Quarrel ends in gunfire; 1 dead
An Augusta man was killed after an argument with another man at an apartment complex late Friday night.

County hires outside attorney
WINDER, Ga. - The part-time Barrow County commissioners who were sued by their chairman have hired former Georgia Attorney General Michael J. Bowers to represent them, though the county has insurance that would cover commissioners' legal expenses if they used the insurance carrier's attorney.

Across the area

Advice for seniors
The Georgia Legal Services Program staff will offer free legal advice to senior citizens from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11, at the Bessie Thomas Senior Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown.

County hires outside attorney

Erosion tears at beach despite lack of storms

Meter readers look forward to scooting

Salley Chitlin' Strut's future is in question

Sparse crimes attract officers
Hephzibah Police Officer Gary Weaver said small-city police officers are no different from a Richmond County sheriff's deputy or a Georgia State trooper.

Deployed soldiers miss taste of home

Coroner confirms homicide

Thurmond's father taught him at an early age to help others
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Strom liked to ride.

Zoning ordinance is unfair, brothers say

News you can use
BACK IN TIME NOV. 30, 1912 Ed Graves, about 18, who has quite a checkered career in the criminal courts of this county for petty larcenies, was tried before Judge W.F. Eve yesterday morning for stealing three chickens. The jury deliberated for only a few minutes before returning a guilty verdict, and a sentence of eight months was imposed by the court.

Young says he will stay the course
Mayor Bob Young isn't concerned that his popularity during the past four years has seemingly diminished by thousands of votes.

Meter readers look forward to scooting
The first time Billy Clayton saw one, he was hooked.

Mother wants special gifts for children
A young Augusta mother seeks help for the holidays.

Critics question block scheduling
ATLANTA - Throughout the 1990s, one of the hottest trends in education was block scheduling, but now it's exam time for the concept.

Yellow Jackets understand importance of the rivalry
ATHENS, Ga. - The national hysteria over the inherent dangers of vandalizing goal posts should not be an issue at Sanford Stadium this afternoon.

Senior's presence inspires Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Nowhere in the stat sheets is his name mentioned or his contribution reflected, but David Jacobs was a big part of Saturday's victory against Georgia Tech.

Jordan to step away for good - or so he says

Jordan to step away for good - or so he says
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Jordan's first retirement began in October 1993, the second in January 1999. Neither stuck, of course.

Lady Pacers' ex-coach gets off to strong start
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball.

Augusta State pulls inside job for win
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell told his post players to take advantage of their inside game. In the second half, the Jaguars listened.

Area rivals look for first victory
Here's the good news about tonight's Peach Belt Conference opener between Augusta State and USC Aiken: someone will finally win a game.

Jaguars find a new rival
Ernesia Wideman and Tameika Bridges jumped up and bumped their chests together in celebration at midcourt following the biggest shot in Wideman's Augusta State career.

College basketball scores
PAINE 89, LANE COLLEGE 83

Mr. Phillip Supples    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Jackson    (BELVEDERE, SC)
Mr. Joseph Dicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Mary Cooke    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Jimmie Holbrook    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Harry Cooke    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Mary Humphrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jimmie Holbrook    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Miss Janie Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Arlease Lee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Barney Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Ora Sims    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Butler    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Harry Allen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Hugh Brown, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. Wade Courtney    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Brooks Sr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. George Fuller Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Brayboy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Hood    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Miss Camille Lonergan    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Samuel Dyches    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)
Dr. Jasper Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. Teddy Dye    (CORDOVA, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Sellers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Tucker    (HOPKINS, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Blanchard Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Gy. Sgt. Billy Mobley    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. C. H. Bolt    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Barefield    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Burns    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Wade Courtney    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorma Bowden    (GREER, S.C.)
Mr. David McConaughey    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Barney Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Myra Freeman    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Daniels    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
Mr. Emory Farmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Ferguson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Myra Freeman    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Woodrow Montgomery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Golden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Nied    (AIKEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. George Ramsey    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Howard    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Ms. Elizabeth Sanders    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cloree Schumpert    (WARD, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Kinsey    (DECATUR, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Sellers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Rev. Donald Slate    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. David McConaughey    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Ollie Pruitt    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Miss Althea Smith    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Marshall Robinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Thildwonda Smith-Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Vester Simonton    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Marion Stevens    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Miss Althea Smith    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Ms. Elisa Swint    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Marion Stevens    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Thomas Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Jones Tomlin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jones Tomlin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Roderick Williams    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Pierce Walker    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Yvonne Badger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertha Watkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Norma Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Wenetque Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Benjamin Bagley    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Ferguson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Emory Farmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hugh Brown, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mrs. Jewel Mariotti    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Brown, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mrs. Vester Simonton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Arlease Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Marshall Robinson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Ora Sims (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ollie Pruitt (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Barney Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Daniels (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Myra Freeman (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Emory Farmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Kinsey (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvonne Badger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Howard (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Burns (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. C. H. Bolt (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Dr. Jasper Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mr. William Jackson (BELVEDERE, SC)

Mrs. Dorma Bowden (GREER, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucy Ferguson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. George Tucker (HOPKINS, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Dicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Howard Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jimmie Holbrook (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Miss Althea Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Allen (AIKEN, S.C.)

Gy. Sgt. Billy Mobley (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Phillip Supples (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David McConaughey (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Affluent Americans can save jobs
Often, when we think of those in spiritual need, we think of the poorest of citizens and those who have been disenfranchised. Roy Ellis, Augusta

Time to fill up
While the more fortunate among us gear up for a merry, fun-filled holiday season, let's not forget our needy neighbors who have fallen on hard times.

Anti-Semitism taught
There's reason to believe that the twin attacks against Israelis in Kenya Thursday were inspired, if not coordinated by, al-Qaida terrorists or their allies.

De-fund lobbyists
Mark Sanford won't take office as South Carolina's governor until Jan. 15, but he's already sending signals that his campaign talk of cutting back on state spending wasn't just to get votes.

Agrees with writers about Corps
I read with great interest both Jerry Clontz's letter of Nov. 12, "Proposal for Thurmond Lake levels," and Bob Cipperly's letter of Nov. 19, "Why don't area officials care about the lake?" I agree with both gentlemen. Kenneth Koone, Lincolnton, Ga.

Qualified teachers
There's some good news on the education front. Both Richmond and Columbia County school systems report all their teachers have met the standards of President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reform package.

President is no conservative
I don't understand how a president can take an economy that is strong enough to produce - at long last - a surplus then, through excessive spending and huge tax cuts, turn the surplus into a deficit while still calling himself a "conservative," as he did on TV. Richard Amundson, Augusta

Who pays cost of election investigation?
Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, was quoted in the newspaper as not wanting a new election because of the close count on Nov. 5. I think what he really wants is to be declared winner of the election on Nov. 5. J. Chester Marsingill, Augusta

William Who?
How quick the glory fades. Thankfully, when a broadcaster in England polled the country on exactly who its greatest citizen in history was, Winston Churchill won handily. No one else was even close.

Why not unisex all sports?
Let me state that I do not hate women. I love my mother, wife and daughter. But people like Martha Burk and the National Council on Women's Organizations, who do not like the way others live and play, need to mind their own business. Lloyd Johnson III, Washington, Ga.

Augustans missed good opportunity
On Election Day, Augusta-Richmond County voters missed a good opportunity for the city of Augusta concerning the mayor's race. Pam Meyer, Hephzibah, Ga.

Prove them wrong
A year ago, when it became clear that market forces and evildoers would do more damage to the economy than we ever dreamed of, President George W. Bush and this newspaper, in our own ways, urged Americans to take steps to protect the economy.

France, Russia even at Davis Cup

IOC puts off decision on deleting sports until after 2004

Overtime

France nears second straight Davis Cup title
PARIS - With its resilient doubles team buoyed by a crowd pounding ThunderStix, France closed in on a second straight Davis Cup title.

Overtime
Michael Green of Augusta finished second in the American Junior Golf Association's Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship on Saturday in Championsgate, Fla.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga., 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

France, Russia even at Davis Cup
PARIS -- Yevgeny Kafelnikov hardly helped his big plans to retire from tennis as a Davis Cup champion.

Overtime
Redskins linebacker Jeremiah Trotter has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

IOC puts off decision on deleting sports until after 2004
MEXICO CITY -- Baseball, softball and modern pentathlon are staying in the Olympics, for now at least.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Local hunters can participate in venison drive
Georgia's "Hunters for the Hungry" program brought in 396 deer during its first collection weekend Nov. 9-10, but the drop-off sites were too far away for most Augusta-area hunters to participate.

It's an ideal time for bluegill
My friend Rick stopped by the other day to fish in the little pond behind my house.

Prep basketball scores
Ninth annual Thanksgiving Classic at Richmond Academy

Prep basketball scores
Scores from friday's prep basketball games.

North Augusta lives up to billing
North Augusta wasted little time showing the Augusta area why it is ranked No. 1 in the South Carolina Class AAAA preseason poll.

Thanksgiving Classic results
Eighth annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Richmond Academy Friday

Quarles' father still knows best
The two faced each other four times last year at the junior varsity level, and the father prevailed in three of the contests.

Vick, Falcons don't want to be Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS - Michael Vick was a sophomore in his final year at Virginia Tech when Daunte Culpepper had his NFL coming-out party.

Obeying Christ is crucial in achieving victory
Having pastored churches for more than 20 years, I have observed the lack of victory in the lives of many Christians. One would think that these Christians don't realize that we don't strive and pray toward victory, rather, we strive and pray from victory. Victorious Christian living is possible now, thanks be to Calvary and the empty tomb.

Religion calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadl

African choir sings praises
Sam, a child of Uganda, motherless, fatherless, once slept in a mud hut with a leaky straw roof. His only food for months was the bananas his grandmother cooked for him and his two sisters.

Priestly path
Franklin Thomas will receive a Bible, a pectoral cross and the vestments of a priest during his ordination at Christ Episcopal Church.

Faith digest
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow/Push Coalition with national headquarters in Chicago, will preach at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd.

Women's lives changed in a flash
A bolt of lightning cut through an overcast sky one August afternoon in 1983 in a Thomson, Ga., parking lot and enveloped Renee Smith and her two children in wavy neon strands of raw electricity.

Robot is fun but not very useful - yet
The ER1 personal robot won't make coffee, pick up the newspaper, vacuum the floors or even walk the dog. With prices starting at $599, it seems most adept at emptying wallets.

Critics fear Comcast's new muscle could hurt Internet offerings
PHILADELPHIA -- Its purchase of AT&T Broadband completed, Comcast Corp. now finds itself with unprecedented power to shape the future of Internet access in the United States.

Downloads force universities to grapple with speech, copyright issues
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- With each mouse click, Mathias Crawford moves deeper into a virtually limitless library of free movies, TV shows and DVDs.

Officials find high West Nile risk
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Teams of Chatham County mosquito control workers went door-to-door in a midtown Savannah neighborhood last week, dumping water from pots and looking for standing water under homes after county health officials discovered an elevated risk of West Nile virus there.

MCG Doctor aims to convert bad fat
Steffen E. Meiler has pulled off an impressive feat of biological alchemy.

Georgia can't get caught looking ahead against Yellow Jackets
ATHENS, Ga. -- Normally, Georgia doesn't have any trouble getting excited to play Georgia Tech.

Buzzer-beater downs 'Dogs
MINNEAPOLIS -- After letting a late lead slip away in five of its losses last season, Minnesota was thrilled to finally win a close one.

Georgia notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - It was clear from the start that Georgia tailback Musa Smith wasn't going to take long to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark in Saturday's 51-7 thrashing of Georgia Tech.

Georgia can't get caught looking ahead against Yellow Jackets

Bulldogs swat Yellow Jackets
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia may not get a spot in the national title game, but the fifth-ranked Bulldogs sure played like champions Saturday.

Rivalry's meaning is unmatched
ATHENS, Ga. - About an hour before kickoff today, Mark Richt and Chan Gailey will meet for a midfield chat at Sanford Stadium.

Rivalry's meaning is unmatched

South Carolina tops South Carolina State
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina got 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists from guard Chuck Eidson and the Gamecocks survived a determined run by South Carolina State in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 82-65 Friday night at the Carolina Center.

South Carolina hangs on for win
COLUMBIA - Chuck Eidson scored 16 points and became South Carolina's all-time steals leader in a 71-56 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday night.

Robot is fun but not very useful - yet

Downloads force universities to grapple with speech, copyright issues

Obeying Christ is crucial in achieving victory

Women's lives changed in a flash

African choir sings praises

Priestly path

Religion calendar